Man City 6-0 QPR: Aguero hat-trick sends hapless Hoops down

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first_img Man City striker Sergio Aguero QPR will join Burnley in the Championship next season as Manchester City smashed the Premier League’s basement side 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium to condemn Chris Ramsey’s men to relegation.It was a tall order for the Hoops in this must-win game, with the bottom placed side needing to beat last year’s champions to keep their faint survival chances alive.And a ruthless City were just too much for the lackadaisical Londoners, as a fine finish from Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick opened up a healthy lead before the break.QPR did have the Blues worried at times, with Charlie Austin hitting the bar before having a goal chalked off for offside, while Bobby Zamora had a header cleared off the line.But any hopes of staging a miraculous comeback were well and truly shattered minutes after the restart as Aguero took advantage of some woeful defending to tuck in his second before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot.James Milner then added a fifth from close-range before David Silva rounded Rob Green to fire in a sixth to round off a thumping victory, as QPR drop back down to the second tier with a whimper.It seemed a matter of when, and not if, for QPR following a run of games which has seen them win just twice in 18 league fixtures.City dominated from the start and it took just four minutes for the hosts to take the lead; Aguero leaving Clint Hill and Steven Caulker in his wake before beating Green to give QPR and early mountain to climb.And it only got worse for the strugglers, who looked shattered as Kolarov made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark with a curling free-kick from 25 yards.Charlie Austin was the Super Hoops’ one shining light, though the striker was out of luck as he first hit the bar with a rasping shot before finding the net with a brilliantly taken header, only for the goal to be quickly ruled out for offside.And Zamora was next to go close, though he really should have buried his headed effort after Joe Hart was caught out in the City net.Leroy Fer had the England No.1 beaten with a neat lob but was denied by the crossbar. The rebound fell nicely for Zamora, but the former West Ham man’s effort lacked power, as Hart scrambled back to save.Ultimately Ramsey’s Rangers lacked conviction in all areas of the pitch as City ran riot in the second half, with Aguero again needing just four minutes to find the net after kick-off.City broke quickly from a QPR corner and a mistake from Yun Suk-young allowed the Argentine hitman to scamper forward and finished easily past a helpless Green, and his third came from the penalty spot after Silva was brought down by Matt Phillips.A fifth Man City hat-trick takes Aguero’s tally for the season up to 25 goals and cantering towards the Premier League’s golden boot.The striker turned provider minutes later to unselfishly pass for Milner to tap into an open net, and a disgraceful performance from the visitors was capped off by Silva in the dying embers.The Spanish maestro was played in by substitute Wilfried Bony’s brilliant cut-back pass before rounding and slotting past Green, who was consigned to the fourth relegation of his career and his second in a Rangers shirt. 1last_img

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